Gardens at Navy Pier
Sailor Helfinstine at Millenium Park (in 80 degree weather dressed in his wool uniform!)
At the end of Navy Pier
Sailor Mark in Chicago
Consuming Giordano's Chicago-style pizza!
Sarah and I were able to spend a wonderful day in Chicago on Sunday! We heard Paul Tripp speak in the 8:00 AM service at church and then left for Chicago--specifically Great Lakes Naval Training Academy--to pick up our cousin Mark to spend a day in Chicago. We picked him up around 12:30 and he had liberty until 8:30 PM so we were able to spend quite a few hours together. We learned all about the Navy. Mark (Sailor Helfinstine) is an E-3, which is 2 steps up from an E-1 (where enlisted men start off). He is in THU (Temporary Holding Unit) until May 9 (hopefully) when he is shipped off to A-School (in Texas) for 6 weeks. The Navy has lots of acronyms! We also spent the day using Navy vocabulary like "scuttlebut" for drinking fountain and "head" for bathroom. We also saw some of Mark's "shipmates" around town.
We spent the day walking down Michigan Avenue, visiting stores like the Apple Store and Borders. We had Starbucks and Giordano's pizza. And then we walked out to Navy Pier. The weather was absolutely gorgeous!